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I recently purchased a Sears Kenmoore sewing machine but it keeps breaking the top thread a couple seconds after starting. l think the angle of the sewing needle is the problem but I cannot figure out how to fix adjust it. I’m not sure what many of the pieces of the machine are called so I made a video of it that can be found here.


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    Aug 19, 2013, 04.36 AMby arisaid

    Take it back and show them what is happening!

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    Aug 20, 2013, 01.14 PMby katensew

    Usually if the top thread is guided down the front of the machine then the needle should be put in with the eye forward – thus. Remove the needle using that small mushroom shaped screw to the right of the top of the needle. Use a new needle ! The top of the needle has a round and flat edge – place the flat edge to the back – so the eye and the tiny slit in the length of the needle face forwards. Push the needle in AS FAR AS IT WILL GO. Tighten that small screw again. Try this ! Should the thread be guided down the side then insert the needle wiht the eye and slit facing the thread.

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    Aug 25, 2013, 02.16 PMby PatTRaines

    Thanks! I had not guess I could put the needle in a position that was not a perfect fit. It is holding its position so I think it is alright. The machine has stopped binding the bobbin thread to the top thread but the top thread no longer breaks. I think this is caused by something unrelated to the first problem. I bet I can figure it out with some combination of taking it apart and putting back together.

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    Aug 25, 2013, 05.12 PMby bjr99

    Did you put in a new needle? If the needle is worn it sometimes will skip stiches and not intersect with the bobbin. Also, be sure you are using the right size and type of needle for your fabric. This can also cause kipped stitches.

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    Aug 26, 2013, 03.14 PMby katexxxxxx

    Several things occur to me immediately:

    Firstly, you have missed a thread guide at the top of the needle. There should be one to guide the thread down very close to the needle. Without it, the needle thread will sometimes fail to engage with the bobbin thread. While you are at it, check that the whole machine is threaded correctly: spool —> thread guide —> take-up lever —> tension —> thread guide —> thread guide at the top of the needle —> needle eye.

    Secondly, have you checked that the bobbin has been inserted into the bobbin case properly? It needs to be both the correct way round AND have the thread pulled under the leaft spring on the side so that there is the correct tension on the bobbin thread.

    Next you need to check you thread tails: you need between 8" and 10" of both needle thread and bobbin thread out the back of the machine, under the presser foot. You also need to either trap those threads with the presser foot when you lower it, or to hang on to them before you start to stitch.

    Another thing to do is start sewing when the take-up lever (the nodding donkey lever that the thread goes through prior to the tension) just past the top of it’s travel so that it doesn’t pull the thread from the needle before going through the cloth.

    Check that your tension is not too tight once you have the machine threaded. For most operations, the middle of the tension dial is about right.

    Use good quality new thread to test the machine, not thing fluffy cheap stuff!

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    Sep 2, 2013, 03.55 AMby rberge

    I used to have this problem on my old sewing machine. I believe it was the tension. I have to say that I never had this problem after I bought a new, better sewing machine. I had to edit this to say something else. I found that sewing test squares at least helped me to figure out how to avoid/alleviate the problem. I know that on my old machine the tension was set at the “normal” marked position and yet the thread kept breaking. I hope this is helpful.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 03.53 AMby heating24

    I’m glad that you figured it out. I experienced that too sometimes because I threaded incorrectly. The thread is very tight and it can’t freely move.

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